The English Riviera. DAY ONE.

I am a big fan of an English holiday. Sitting on a Greek Island or travelling around Thailand with just a backpack doesn’t appeal to me at all. Perhaps its the fact that as soon as the sun comes out, factor 50 becomes my best friend has something to do with it?

A couple of weekends ago, I went to the grandly titled “The English Riviera” – aka Torquay.

When we first arrived in Torquay, it was tipping it down. We decided to just dump our bags and head to a little pub (actually, a rather large pub) that had been recommended to us in the nearby village of Cockington, called The Drum Inn.


Obviously I was on my holidays, so wine at lunch time was alright in my book….

I was expecting pretty standard pub food, but it was actually amazing. I went with the Ceasar Salad and I can honestly say it was the best one I have ever had. Normally places seem to skimp on the chicken, but this one was piled high with the most succulent warm chicken. Beautiful! If you look at the menu here, you can see that they turn simple, classic food into amazing stand out dishes.

It is set in a gorgeous location. The village gets crazily busy in the summer with tourists, it is so picturesque. This is the view from the front door of the pub, and although it was a rainy, slightly foggy day, it was just beautiful.

After we finished our lunch, we went back to a very drizzly Torquay and had a wander round, seeing the sites.


This little guy seemed to be filling up with water and going further and further under the sea….

 Those of you who know me well will understand the significance of this trip, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to go to the seaside. I don’t know what it is about the sea air, but it certainly works for me.

Wandering around here and getting drizzled on, we decided that it was time to head back to our beautiful hotel, have a glass of wine and get ready for dinner.

We all decided that if this was all it was going to rain the whole weekend, then that wasn’t too bad – if you go away in England, you have to put up with the rain, and that was alright with us.

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